About Fort Lauderdale
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Incorporated on March 27, 1911, the City of Fort Lauderdale is situated on the southeast coast of Florida, centrally located between Miami and Palm Beach. Encompassing more than 33 square miles with a population of nearly 190,000, Fort Lauderdale is the seventh largest city in Florida. Embraced by the Atlantic Ocean, New River and a myriad of scenic inland waterways, Fort Lauderdale truly lives up to its nickname as the "Venice of America." The city got its name from Maj. William Lauderdale, who in 1838, built a fort at the mouth of New River during the Seminole Indian wars.
With seven miles of beaches and 165 miles of local canals and waterways; water sports activities are the area’s most popular form of recreation. The Atlantic Ocean offers the perfect setting for fishing, boating and sailing; while snorkeling and dive enthusiasts can observe tropical undersea life, sunken ships and communities of coral reefs. Ashore, one of the most memorable walks one can take in Fort Lauderdale, is on the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk. This promenade along the New River in the downtown area is considered by many to be ‘Florida's Most Beautiful Mile’. Riverwalk links to the nearby Broward Performing Arts Center and several museums all surrounded by lush, tropical scenery.
Shoppers can experience everything from the Swap Shop, one of the largest flee markets in the world; to the Galeria Mall, with two levels of world class shopping; from the Sawgrass Mills, Florida's largest retail centre featuring more than 350 name-brand stores and outlets; to the sophisticated Las Olas Boulevard, with its fashion boutiques, art galleries, memorable restaurants, sidewalk cafes and clubs. Furthermore, Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 4,000 restaurants, with many open late, and some - like The Floridian, on Las Olas - open all night long!
When the sun sets over the Everglades, Fort Lauderdale comes alive with outdoor cafes, jazz clubs, comedy spots, casino glitter and entertainment venues, with everything from Broadway style productions to Dania’s Jai-Alai and horse-racing. Day or night one can find plenty to do in Fort Lauderdale; and for your yacht you can find everything you need within a relatively short distance of the marinas and boatyards. Indeed, there are more marine service suppliers and vendors in Fort Lauderdale than in most other locations throughout the world.
A popular expression in the marine industry is: “If you can’t find it behind Lester’s Diner on State Road 84 then it just doesn’t exist!” For everything from grommets to high performance engines, Fort Lauderdale’s several thousand marine suppliers and service companies can find it, fit it, repair it, paint it, change it, upgrade it or polish it. Marina Mile on State Road 84 is host to several world class shipyards and yacht repairers, accessible via the New River which winds its way right through the downtown business district of the city. The Dania Canal - just south of Port Everglades off the Intracoastal Waterway - is the location of additional shipyards also catering to all sizes of yachts and with easy deep water access.
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